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Pender, Jocelyn [1].

A Digital Flora of North America for a Digital Age: An Interactive Session with the Flora of North America.

The Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA) is a groundbreaking collaborative project (1993-ongoing). It assembles for the first time, in an authoritative publication, information on the names, taxonomic relationships, distributions and morphological characteristics of all native and naturalized plants found in North America north of Mexico.

To make use of the collective knowledge assembled in FNA, the information should be accessible by computational queries. For example, its users should be able to ask questions such as, which species are endemic to the FNA region and which species grow in a particular altitudinal range. Likewise, its content should not be static. FNA contributors should have the tooling and know-how to curate FNA as botanical knowledge evolves.

This workshop introduces participants to the FNA Semantic MediaWiki platform. Semantic MediaWiki is a free extension to MediaWiki, the open-source software that powers Wikipedia and thousands of other wikis on the web (Wikistats, 2018). Participants will learn how to navigate the website, how to register for an account on the wiki, how to contribute to a taxon ‘Discussion’ page, how to sign up for page notifications and how to query the data stored within the website. Participants may wish to join the FNA website as a volunteer page moderator and editor, and this will be discussed at the workshop.

Participants are required to bring their own devices.

Related Links:

1 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: W11, A Digital Flora of North America for a Digital Age
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM
Number: W11001
Abstract ID:17
Candidate for Awards:None

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